Is UK ready to lose the House of Lords?

2012-06-27 15:28


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London - Britain's government says it's time to force through long proposed attempts to reform the 700-year-old House of Lords, the country's unelected upper chamber.

Members of the Lords can revise laws proposed by the elected House of Commons and delay their passage, but do not have a role in creating legislation.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Wednesday that the government hoped to replace the 775-member Lords — which has its roots in the Middle Ages — with a 450-seat, mainly elected chamber, possibly called the Senate.

The task has frustrated British governments for decades, amid dissent from the Lords themselves and squabbles over the likely costs.

"We've been talking about it as a country for 100 years," Clegg says. "I think we should just now get on with it."

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